Well we now get to week 2 of The Purpose Driven Life and start looking at the first of the 5 purposes for our life - to worship God. As we go through the 5 purposes you'll realise they're the same ones we've been talking about over the last six months as being our purposes as a church - to reach up to God in worship, to reach out to others in evangelism and ministry and to reach in to one another in fellowship and discipleship. What a coincidence!
Monday night is the first night of the week of prayer and fasting. In keeping with this week's purpose we'll start the evening worshipping and then see where we go from there. Aim to be there ready to start at 8. I'm really hoping to be there which will be my first public outing for a couple of weeks - hope to see you there!
You were planned for God’s pleasure!
“You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight.
You are a child of God, and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created. Bringing enjoyment to God - living for his pleasure - is the first purpose of your life. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. It proves your worth.
Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Like a diamond, worship is multifaceted. Worship is not a part of your life - it is your life. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. David said, “I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him.” Psalm 34:1 (GLT)
This is what real worship is all about – falling in love with Jesus.